Coincidentally (re the post below), reader Lou has sent me this amazing photo of a small caecilian trying to down a two-foot giant earthworm. Obviously, the nom won’t succeed, but the caecilian is not in any danger, either.
The photo was taken by Luis Recalde, an employee of Lou’s foundation, EcoMinga, dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of Ecuador. The location was one of the foundation’s reserves, Reserva Rio Zunac, Cordillera Abitagua, Tungurahua Province, eastern Ecuador. The caecilian is provisionally identified as Caecilia abitaguae, although the worm species remains unidentified.
In case you don’t know what a caecilian is, you should, for they’re amazing: they are legless amphibians! They constitute their own order of amphibians (Gymnophiona), are carnivorous, nearly blind, and found widely through both the New and Old World tropics. Here’s their distribution: